Words: Izzy Church
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I met the duo, Sable (Singer) and Andrew (Drummer), who make up  Chalk and Numbers at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a cold and frigid night in New York. It was the second time I had the pleasure of seeing the  feel good “indiepop” band perform live and they were just as good, if not better than the first time. I believe the eager and adoring audience would agree that  Chalk and Numbers does what every historical fiction reader wants… they transport you back in time to a dramatically different place, yet filled with noticeable similarities. Chalk and Numbers soft and warm melodies transported me to the 1960’s, and thankfully left me sunbathing on the beach somewhere in Honolulu, whilst sipping a freshly made fruit cocktail with a tiny umbrella. Don’t miss out on the fun, be sure to check out Chalk and Numbers!
I’ve heard Chalk and Numbers, described as “sunshine pop” and soft and warm “woozy surf-wop,” which I believe are both excellent descriptions of your music. How would you describe your music?  
Andrew : Yeah, I like “sunshine indie pop”. Classic inspired Indiepop, all those descriptions are accurate.
Sable: Honestly, just pop music. Maybe “classic pop” or “indiepop” but to me, lots of our “catalog” are sad songs dressed up in fancy clothes.     
When and why did you start playing?
S: Our 1st show was in 2011, We didn’t have plans for much more than being a recording project but were asked to play NYC Popfest that year and we accepted. We somehow assembled a band in a month and made it happen.
Who are your role-models in the music world? 
A: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Maybe not so much their business operation though
S: Bjork, Stevie Nicks, Sia, Kathleen Hanna, Karen O, Kim Gordon.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood?    
A: I once played drums with Archie Bell of “Tighten Up” fame. That’s up there with the fondest
 
S: Teaching myself drums and bass has been pretty rad.
Do any of your family member’s have musical interests and abilities? Describe them.
A: Both of my brothers are great musicians. My oldest brother Dennis does the guitar work for Chalk And Numbers
S: Nope. Just me.
If you could go back in time, what would you do differently musically?  
A: Too many answers here. Learn more instruments? Learn them better?     
S: Self-start.
What do you do in your spare time when you are not practicing or performing?
S: I’m an editor for a beauty website
What advice would you give to a beginner?  
S: Don’t wait for someone to tell you what you’re capable of.

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